We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As I am retired, I can afford the time and take very long walks at this point. Mostly strolling and not cardio, but some uphill here in NH, which gets the heart and lungs going more. It is fun to tick off the weekly mileage. As with diets, the first rule is not "What would be best for you?" but "What will you continue to do indefinitely?" I have slowly lost weight, though not snacking at work has probably been part of that as well.
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After starting and stopping and desk-captaining for way to may years I went whole hog. Trainer 3 days a week, 3 more of cardio stretching. Down a dozen pounds and 3 inches in 2 months. Should hit my goal weight, which I last experienced at 30, by June. Best money I spent in years. Sure cheaper than a heart attack.
After you go through the book and other materials, decide for yourself if endless burpees or leisurely walks are really the best way to prepare for your coming years.
BD, this doubly applies to you. Since you are presenting yourself as a reliable source of fitness information, you really must know and understand the information contained in The Barbell Prescription. You may not agree with everything in it, but read it and then come here to discuss those parts with which you find fault.
"Tiny meals" is easy to say, but hard to accomplish.
I personally have seen great benefit of going towards keto diet: few grains, reduced carbs overall, lots of meat and vegetables.
Even my far from perfect implementation led to a huge reduction in hunger/cravings.
My experience is that workouts help that too. First and foremost, get to the gym. Then start doing things.
Can't do much? Don't worry about it. Rest and do a little more. Challenge yourself with small incremental improvements: 10 sec more on the treadmill, alternate a faster pace 15 sec/min, add a different lift to your routine.
3 weeks you'll see marked improvement. Take that as encouragement to keep at it.